If you are an HBO Max subscriber, chances are you received a mysterious email at the beginning of the long weekend that contained nothing.
It was titled "Integration Test Email #1" and it looked something like this:
It was a clear error from HBO, who then tweeted out later on the person responsible was not in any trouble.
Of course, it was the intern.
We mistakenly sent out an empty test email to a portion of our HBO Max mailing list this evening. We apologize for… https://t.co/1IuccxIyPs— HBOMaxHelp (@HBOMaxHelp) 1623982888.0
People reached out to share their mistakes as interns (and as full-time employees) to help make the intern at HBO Max feel better about their (relatively minor) mistake.
@HBOMaxHelp Dear Intern, I was using my desktop calendar to make a monthly note of when I started my menstrual peri… https://t.co/AuXUlz2qGl— Caissie (@Caissie) 1624035052.0
@HBOMaxHelp Dear intern, It’s ok. I dropped a prod database when I was a senior engineer. These things happen mor… https://t.co/BAUCLl0BnL— JBD ヤナ ドガン (@JBD ヤナ ドガン) 1623992473.0
@HBOMaxHelp Dear intern: as a rookie prosecutor, editing a complaint against a bank robber, I failed to notice that… https://t.co/ouTPc4jOn1— SuspendedHat (@SuspendedHat) 1624129417.0
@HBOMaxHelp Dear Intern, I once didn’t recognize then-VP George HW Bush and almost didn’t let him into a meeting…in… https://t.co/JVUdo4xX4V— ͏Postcards4USA (@͏Postcards4USA) 1624022859.0
But one rather infamous intern in America's history, Monica Lewinsky, weighed in as well with a perfect response.
dear intern: it gets better. ♥️ ps. don’t wear a beret for awhile, k?— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@Monica Lewinsky (she/her)) 1624044194.0
Lewinsky's time as an intern in the White House was where she became embroiled in a sex scandal with then-President Bill Clinton. The media and the public followed Lewinsky around for years afterward.
Thankfully Lewinsky has risen above the occasion, and has become an activist against cyberbullying and surviving public shame.
That’s just about the funniest thing I’ve seen in awhile. https://t.co/IxAFDsIC4s— Eddy Torriente (@Eddy Torriente) 1624248804.0
I just absolutely love this woman https://t.co/7dx5aCBxYv— Tamar Q Barbash (@Tamar Q Barbash) 1624154623.0
The laundry list of times interns have messed up is long, but just a normal part of being a person.
And if Monica Lewinsky can tell someone it gets better, then you know it truly does.
@HBOMaxHelp Dear Intern: Once, when I was a junior copywriter, I applied to my dream job at @TheAtlantic and wrote… https://t.co/g5gk0ixYLf— Angela Mayfield (@Angela Mayfield) 1624045974.0
@HBOMaxHelp Dear intern, I woke up to that email this morning and immediately thought, "oof - been there buddy."… https://t.co/lehgPUgRn3— Jaylyn (@Jaylyn) 1624041364.0
@HBOMaxHelp As an actual hired employee I changed the last name of everyone at the company in the HR system to “Hol… https://t.co/Q6VfZMTJNn— Burke Holland (@Burke Holland) 1624026604.0
@HBOMaxHelp @HlaoRoo Dear Intern: My first day on a job, I was in an elevator when a nice-looking man smiled and sa… https://t.co/EC2lo185zt— Shelby Kent-Stewart ™ (@Shelby Kent-Stewart ™) 1624129828.0
@HBOMaxHelp Dear intern, At least you didn’t spin a studio camera 360° while on live TV. Didn’t get fired and I’ve… https://t.co/HOejqx9dXd— Judd Baker (@Judd Baker) 1624067116.0
Dear intern, it absolutely gets better.
You've got this!